LumberJocks

Andy-Style Box Attempt #1

  • Advertise with us
Project by bobasaurus posted 03-25-2010 05:04 AM 5717 views 9 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first try at making an Andy-style art box, following his great set of tutorials (available here). Since I don’t own a router table, I made the top into a square piece that sets into the regular box opening (someday I’ll have to try the nice rounded-rabbet recessed style). I think the box came out pretty well, despite a few small fumbles. The miters are tight, and the gaps at the ends of the splines are small despite using just a regular blade. The lid fits nicely into the main box, though there is a small gap at the back of the medallion. I doweled the handle into place and hand-chiseled the matching mortise in the box base. The base and handle are walnut, with hard/silver maple for the top and splines, and a padauk insert. The finish is four coats of glossy wipe-on poly applied with cheesecloth. I wrapped velvet around some 1/8” shelf-backing material for the bottom inside the box.

I’m not sure if I like the overall color balance. I forgot to buy enough walnut for both the box and the top, so I made the top from the medallion piece (maple) and did the padauk medallion instead. I’ll have to be more aware of this the next time I make a trip to the sawmill.

I built some of Andy’s jigs to help make this project. Here is the pivoting stop block jig on my miter saw:
pivoting stop blocks
My 10” blade can just barely cut through the 3.5” board on the 1/2” mdf.
Here is the pyramid-o-mdf for routing the medallion recession:
mdf pyramid

I apologize for my horrible picture-taking. No matter what I tried, it either came out too yellow or out of focus. Shiny objects are a hard thing to photograph.

I gave this box as a present to our secretary at work, and she really liked it. Hopefully I won’t get orders for more. Thanks a lot for your art box instructions, Andy. I learned quite a bit through this project, and have an increased desire to buy more tools (dang, I thought I quelled that urge).

Edit: Here are some more pictures my coworker took with his awesome digital SLR camera. They really bring out the proper color of the woods.
http://imgur.com/KvSpd.jpg
http://imgur.com/Vow9k.jpg
http://imgur.com/1JOJW.jpg
http://imgur.com/1XHlW.jpg
http://imgur.com/v4t8C.jpg
http://imgur.com/0LWmg.jpg

-- Allen, Colorado





33 comments so far

View CharlieM1958's profile

CharlieM1958

15698 posts in 2874 days


#1 posted 03-25-2010 05:08 AM

Very, very cool. Andy will be proud!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View woodworm's profile

woodworm

14125 posts in 2246 days


#2 posted 03-25-2010 05:10 AM

Very nice box – build & finish. I like the color contrast.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

View mmh's profile

mmh

3422 posts in 2378 days


#3 posted 03-25-2010 06:03 AM

I really LOVE the vibrant contrast of the Padauk with maple and walnut. It’s very striking and a very impressive piece for a first time project.

Feel free to send your rejects my way!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

View WistysWoodWorkingWonders's profile

WistysWoodWorkingWonders

11908 posts in 1813 days


#4 posted 03-25-2010 06:35 AM

very nice work… I think you can take the “attempt” word out of the title… and perhaps add successful build of….
Looks great…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

View bobasaurus's profile

bobasaurus

1259 posts in 1840 days


#5 posted 03-25-2010 06:57 AM

Thanks for the comments. I’m looking forward to making another art box using the skills I’ve learned. I think it would be fun to try a more complex carving on the top, like some waves or a spiral. It may be time to invest in a router table and planer to make my life easier (and safer).

-- Allen, Colorado

View majeagle1's profile

majeagle1

1417 posts in 2152 days


#6 posted 03-25-2010 07:57 AM

Beautiful job Allen, and congrats on completing one of “Andy’s” boxes.
Like Charlie said, Andy will be proud !

Someday I’ll tackle one as well….........

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

View Monty Queen's profile

Monty Queen

1585 posts in 1908 days


#7 posted 03-25-2010 08:24 AM

Awesome job on your box, i know Andy will be proud it looks fantastic.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

View Ken90712's profile

Ken90712

14947 posts in 1845 days


#8 posted 03-25-2010 10:06 AM

Great Job! 1st time huh? Sweeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View dustbunny's profile

dustbunny

1149 posts in 1951 days


#9 posted 03-25-2010 11:30 AM

Nice job, it looks solid and well crafted. Beautiful : )
I think you should take orders for these,
make some money, and invest it into a router.
Just a thought….

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

View Jonathan55's profile

Jonathan55

14 posts in 1995 days


#10 posted 03-25-2010 01:18 PM

Good job!

View jayjay's profile

jayjay

639 posts in 1702 days


#11 posted 03-25-2010 02:00 PM

That turned out very nice, You did a great job on that.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

View shopmania's profile

shopmania

692 posts in 1838 days


#12 posted 03-25-2010 02:58 PM

Great looking box!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

View Jason's profile

Jason

655 posts in 2164 days


#13 posted 03-25-2010 04:24 PM

I think it turned out great.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

View Michael Murphy's profile

Michael Murphy

448 posts in 1661 days


#14 posted 03-25-2010 04:33 PM

Very nice!

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

View abie's profile

abie

598 posts in 2427 days


#15 posted 03-25-2010 04:47 PM

We all see our faults more than others..
Nice job and without your telling us I think it is spectacular.
Nice job.
BT

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

showing 1 through 15 of 33 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase